Monthly Archives: May 2021

The Costs of “White Collar” Corruption and Crime

Another dark post/rant from Dave. Lighter fare is coming soon. cartoon by Mort Gerberg (mortgerberg.com) in The New Yorker One of the problems — or “diseconomies” — of scale, is its increasing vulnerability to corruption and crime. In small, close-knit … Continue reading

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What is Exponential Decay?

A mathematical thought experiment. Warning — this is a rather gloomy post.  Humans’ incapacity to understand the principle of exponential growth has caused us all kinds of grief of late (notably in our handling of the pandemic), and promises to … Continue reading

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Who Should Be In Charge of Response to Public Health Emergencies?

Another little rant from Dave. cartoon by Greg Perry in The Tyee If and when a country decides to go to war, whether internationally or with some of its own citizens, the strategies and tactics used to combat the deemed … Continue reading

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10 Reasons the US Should Split Up

map from a deleted Reddit account, with one example of how the US might be broken into logical independent nations Our Southern neighbours have been in a civil war — words, angry demonstrations, skirmishes, polarization, new hate laws and repression … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: May 2021

For readers who only have time to peruse a few articles from the links below, the five I think are most important to read are *** highlighted. Just a caution that this month’s top five make for rather grim reading. … Continue reading

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No More Heroes: Sociological vs Psychological Stories

image from Pxhere, CC0 Zeynep Tüfekçi has this amazing capacity to see through complex issues and provide insights that most normal linear thinkers could never imagine. Her solutions to some of our most intractable problems are bold yet obvious: eg … Continue reading

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IHME Goes All In On Excess Deaths Over Reported CoVid-19 Deaths

This is the 17th in a series of articles on CoVid-19. I am not a medical expert, but have worked with epidemiologists and have some expertise in research, data analysis and statistics. I am producing these articles in the belief … Continue reading

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Homo Lapsus

cartoon by the late, wonderful Charles Barsotti Lapsus (L. adj.) falling into error; in rapid decline It seems that most of the people I know, especially men, as they get older, and learn and know more, become more and more … Continue reading

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The Unhinged Apes

Image from wikimedia by Nick Hobgood, CC-BY-SA 3.0 In the article in which scientist EO Wilson famously said “Darwin’s dice have rolled badly for Earth”, he speculates on what an alien species observing us for a billion years might have … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s New Weavers

More on radical non-duality. Caveat lector. Illustration by Arthur Rackham of an early version of the fairy tale. Public domain. OK, I admit that the fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes (which can be found in multiple cultures and predates … Continue reading

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